Homelessness

Homelessness is a real problem in communities across the Commonwealth — a problem that increasingly involves not only individuals but entire families. On any given day, 16,200 Pennsylvanians are known to be homeless. During one school year, school districts around the state provide services to approximately 13,000 homeless children.  

The issues of affordable housing and homelessness are intricately connected. While circumstantial factors vary, homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. The chief cause of homelessness in the United States is the scarcity of affordable homes. 

The Housing Alliance has also organized the Homeless Providers Network, a subcommittee of service providers and advocates to develop and focus more resources on the growing issue of homelessness.

Resources for Homelessness

Getting homeless back on track with apartments

Pathways to Housing's national organization projects it costs $57 a night to provide independent housing, far more affordable than $73 to sleep in a shelter, $164 locked in prison, or $519 spent in the emergency room.
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Getting homeless out of the streets and out of the hospital

Health-care advocates are joining with other social-service organizations to support the Housing First program, which focuses on giving people a permanent place to call home before addressing their health-care needs.
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Support Available to Help Homeless and Runaway Youth

The Basic Center Program offers support to provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth. The application deadline is May 12, 2014.
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HUD Report: Larger PHAs More Likely to Serve Homeless People

This study is meant to provide a status report on efforts by PHAs to serve homeless households with mainstream housing assistance resources.
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Philly's much-needed homeless recovery center is open

Other major cities have seen a 50 percent reduction in ER use when access to a recovery center is available.
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Got a Great Workshop Idea? Submit a Proposal for HWR 2014

We invite you to submit a proposal to present a workshop. Proposals are ONLY accepted ONLINE and are due Monday, March 31, 2014.
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Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals-Services in Supportive Housing

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals-Services in Supportive Housing (GBHI-SSH).
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Research Shows Housing Vouchers Reduce Hardship and Provide Platform for Long-Term Gains Among Children

An analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reviews research on how housing vouchers affect families with children, people with disabilities, and other poor and vulnerable households.
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